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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, January 13, 197! - THI LITHBRIDOt HIRALO - 41 Canada will have to take the lead says Babey Global planning ultimate solution to the food needs of world By JIM NEAVES EDMONTON (CP) -Global planning is the ultimate solution to the food needs of the world, but Canada will have to lead the move through agricultural planning at; home, says Paul Babey, former president of Uniform. "We have to, put our own house in order and then go out and sell the world on the planning concept," he said in an interview. The agricultural revolution which is seeing many countries becoming self-sufficient i n agricultural production, coupled with Canada's continuing "boom and bust" situation; indicates the need for such global planning. "But if we are going to convince the world that global agricultural production is the u&mate solution, we in Canada must demonstrate that we are serious." Mr. Babey, 42, who started {arming at 14 when his father died, said there is a need for direction in Canada's farm industry. "We've been misdirected in the past and there is a classic example when several years ago farmers were urged to grow as much wheat as possible and this evolved at the expense of the livestock industry." PLANNING VITAL Now it appears Canada could repeat the same mistake by its farmers moving into livestock production at the expense of wheat acreage. "Planning is absolutely essential, particularly in Western Canada." A father of two daughters, Mr. Babey has been involved in farm organizations since he started farming part-time on his family's operation at Myr-nam, Alta. He worked part time as a grass seed buyer and started farming full time in 1953 on two sections of land. The operation now is raising both livestock and grain. Mr. Babey was named to the board of the Farmers Union of Alberta in 1958, to the FUA executive in 1962 and became the organization's president in 1963. In March this year he became president of Unifarm, an organization which evolved PAUL BABEY from a merger of the FUA and the Alberta Federation of Agriculture. While union of the two groups has been studied intermittently during the last 25 years, the merger was accelerated when the National Farmers Union, led by presi- dent Roy Atkinson of Saskatoon, attempted to assimilate the FUA into its ranks. Mr. Babey led the fight against merger with the NFU which has become a militant group. MEMBERSHIP HIGH Unifarm brought together Individual farmers of the FUA and the special interest groups of the federation. "Uniting so many people with so many interests was an unprecedented accomplishment in Canadian agriculture," Mr. Babey said. "Proof lies in the fact that more than 30,000 of Alberta's 50,000 farmers are Unifarm members on a direct, membership basis." Mr. Babey said Unifarm believes agricultural problems must be tackled basically on the provincial level and the NFU rejected suggestions for this approach urging a national approach which "burned off" Alberta producers. He emphasized that commodity groups, such as barley, rapeseed and livestock organizations, arc essential today, but that Unifarm fills a need by tying together the Thin Saturday in Weekend Magazine LIVING WITH Spiders, germs, crowds and loud noises are among- the hundreds of thing's that terrify one and a half million Canadians. Phobias play no favorites. These unreasonable fears strike all types and ages. But new treatment methods can conquer fear. Read how it's done in Saturday's Weekend Magazine. B.C/s Secret Cave It's an important - and breathtaking - geological find. But the location was kept secret for years. See the underground crystal palace photographed for Weekend Magazine. Why Peterborough? Why was this small Ontario city picked to host the 1971 North American Figure Skating championships? Andy O'Brien and Frank Prazak discover for Weekend Magazine how an "arena club" brought skating success to Peterborough. Ufargo Oliver in Germany Visit marzipan and caviar companies with Margo. The wine district too. Then try the recipes she brought back from Germany - Black Forest Torte, Oxtail Soup, Veal With White Asparagus. The Utltbridgc Herald loose ends for a picture of the total agricultural Industry. "Unifarm provides farmers and special interest groups with the opportunity to iron out their differences in private, reach a compromise and then go to government." SETS NEW POLICIES The organization did not inherit the policies of the two original organizations and is developing policies necessary to fit situations as they arise. These policies are kept under constant review to ensure they are cm-rent and relevant. Mr. Babey said Unifarm is striving to preserve and protect the economic interests of rural people and the maintenance of the family farm, re- gardless of the type of farming engaged in. But just how long the family farm will be able to survive is a question bothering the organization which, Mr. Babey says, is concerned about the steady trend away from the farm by young people. "Our farm population is decreasing in Alberta by about 1,000 a year and I foresee the day when we will lie subsidizing agriculture to get people back into farming." Another solution might be corporate farming, but this cou'd reach such proportions that these bodies could dictate prices for farm produce to the detriment of the consumer. To discourage any move to- Heath says it's a mistake to try to isolate Peking ward corporate farming, strong efforts were needed to achieve prices for farm produce which would ensure farmers a fair share of the national income. "In the past the policy has been one of cheap food for consumers but we believe the production costs, which have not been fully met in the past, should be borne by society as a whole." Mr. Babey stresses producer involvement in determining the policies which will affect agriculture in the future. It was this concept which resulted in Unifarm generally supporting proposed federal legislation to establish a National Farm Products Market-ing Council. The organization says provision for membership of agencies within the proposed legislation is inadequate and that the provinces should have the right to name candidates from whom members would be appointed. "Farmers do want to be involved," Tvir. Babey said. The organization has a good working relationship with the provincial agriculture department and a summary of the federal government's report; on Canadian agriculture in the 1970s was prepared jointly. NEW DELHI (AP) - Prime Minister Edward Heath of Britain said Monday "it is a mistake" to try to isolate Communist China and urged that Peking be seated in the United Nations. "Isolation, whether in the case of China or in other cases, can only strengthen hostility and prejudice," Heath said in a speech interrupted by hecklers. "In our view. Peking should occupy the China seat in the United Nations. The longer the Peking government remains outside the United Nations, the more difficult it will be to solve the pressing problems which confront us." Heath, addressing the Indian Council of World Affairs, said that since the cultural revolution ended "there have been some hopeful signs that the Chinese are ready to take a more moderate attitude towards the outside world." "Our aims," he said, "should be to encourage this." Heath delivered his half-hour speech despite an attempt by about 25 students to drown him out because of their opposition to any plan to supply British arms to South Africa. "Go back Heath, bloody Heath, dog Heath," the hecklers s h ou t e d. Plainclothes policemen, who were scattered among the 500 guests dragged the students from the auditorium. COUNTRY NEWS These Are The Irtltbridge Herald Correspondents In Your Area GRANUM MRS. ED. CESAR .................General Delivery GRASSY LAKE MRS. MARY TURNBULl.........General Delivery PICTURE BUTTE S. P. JOHNSON ..................... Gen. Del. RAYMOND MRS. DELIA WOOL*................. Gen. Del. TURIN Mrs Paulin Juhar .............. Phone 738-4394 Contact theie people for your District Newt or Clatiified Advertising NEW! 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